Okada America Inc., Clackamas, Oregon, has announced the promotion of Jim Brown to the position of president. Brown, who has replaced Tony Neikirk, previously served as the executive vice president of Okada. He was appointed to that position in 2015.
Neikirk, who steps down after 20 years of service to Okada in many managerial capacities, will continue to serve as a consultant to the company through the transition.
Brown has more than 30 years of experience in the construction and mining equipment industry. He has brought a focused, proactive customer philosophy to Okada as he has extensive expertise at the manufacturing level and recognizes the importance of putting the customer first, according to the company.
His previous experience includes engineering, general management and outside sales of construction and mining equipment. He has served in upper management for engineering personnel, national accounts, product marketing, service center facilities and sales and service departments.
As president, Brown will establish both company and individual sales goals while maintaining and strengthening the distributor network. He will oversee the operations of Okada.
Brown looks “to meet the changing market challenges by building on the Okada tradition of great products and customer-oriented product support,” he says.
The native of Ohio, who is a graduate of Kent State University and the University of Notre Dame, has been actively involved with the Associated Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Milwaukee, having served previously as the chairman of its Mounted Breakers Manufacturers Bureau (MBMB).
Jim and his wife, Karen, currently reside in Stow, Ohio.
Okada America manufactures construction and demolition equipment. Through more than 200 U.S. and Canadian distributors, Okada offers excavator, loader/backhoe, skid-steer, track loader and mini-excavator mounted attachments including breakers, crushers, pulverizers, grapples and compactors, along with pedestal rock breaker boom systems.